It is: Year-old revision of the van-car concept with five seats including a 2:1 ratio rear bench. Sliding side doors and ample head, elbow and head room make a useful carry-all with reasonable refinement for the money.
Prices: Open at just £11,870 for the 90bhp 1.6 petrol model, rated at 192g/km CO2 and 35mpg.
Test car: Expression dCi 106 diesel, from £14,351.52.
Motor: 106ps 1461cc giving 177 lb ft torque at 2,000rpm for good in-gear flexibility .
Economy: Renault’s figures are 44mpg urban, 56.5mpg extra urban, 51.4mpg combined, with 146g/km CO2. On test, it recorded 34mpg in urban and rural driving, and 46mpg on the motorway.
Length: 166 inches (4.2m). Height: 71 inches (1.8m). Width: 72 inches (1.83m) plus mirrors. Weight: 1430kg. Wheels: 15 inch steel.
Automatic gears: With the 105bhp version of the 1.6 petrol engine for an additional £1,000.
For: Carries everything with ease. You may find it hard to live without once you’ve had one. Economical. “Increased reliability was the aim from the earliest design stages,” says Renault.
Against: Not pretty, not trendy, even with a surf board on top.
More: 08000 723372.